A Halter Dress with Vintage Flair!

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I just love vintage clothing, don’t you?  Like this dress from one of my fave thrift stores?

Technically, it is vintage.

Technically, it is vintage.

Many of you have said you really wanted me to get on refashioning that orange and black dress on the rack in your comments, and I’m finally doing it!  :)

But what on earth am I going to do with this fake jacket/skirt dress?  to get started, I did a BUNCH of chopping!



I removed the sleeves, the collar, and the back of this dress.  As you can see from this post’s title, I’m going to turn it into a halter dress!

I flipped that fake jacket band up.  This will raise it to the proper height for my new dress.



I turned my dress inside-out and put it on my dress form.  Then, I got to taking it in from the back!

Take it all in!

Take it all in!

Do you like my bracelet pin cushion?

Do you like my pin cushion bracelet?

I chopped of the excess material with my pinking shears.  Now I needed to close up those raw edges at the top of my dress.

Pin the sides!

Pin the sides!

Stitch 'em down!

Stitch ’em down!

The front of my halter was almost done!  All I needed to do now was attach that flipped-up waist band so it stays put!

Pin it up!

Pin it up!

Stitch it down (I used a zigzag stitch)!

Stitch it down (I used a zigzag stitch)!

Almost done!  Now I just need straps to tie the top of my dress on!

I could have made straps from the leftover fabric, but I went with this instead:

It's always good to have this on hand!

It’s always good to have this on hand!

My reasoning for this is twofold.  First, I thought the black would look nice with the black waistband of the dress.  Second, I was in a hurry and this was a faster approach than stitching new straps!  :)

I pinned them on…



…then I stitched them down!

A final whirrrrrrr!

A final whirrrrrrr!

Now that dress is the right kind of vintage!  :)

I'm quite proud of this one!

I’m quite proud of this one!

This dress kind of reminds of Marilyn Monroe’s dress in The Seven Year Itch.

Just imagine it in orange & black.

Just imagine it in orange & black!

It even looks nice from the back, too!



I wore my newly-refashioned dress out for drinks with friends, followed by a Nathan Angelo Concert at Tin Roof!  :)

None of us are actually British.

None of us are actually British.

It's Nathan Angelo & Friends!

It’s Nathan Angelo & Friends!

It's a bike!  On the ceiling!

It’s a bike! On the ceiling!

It's Dan!  :)

It’s Dan! :)





  1. Yay! I love it! It’s about time you did something with the orange and black one! ;)

  2. Lovin’ it!! So cute…. now I want to buy a dress form….I will be sure to mention your name when I tell my husband!

  3. Love this one! and the pin cushion bracelet is great! it’s one of my favorite sewing accessories. makes things a little easier, doesn’t it? =]

  4. I think this is the most amazing transformation yet. I was truly offended by the before dress. Your refashioning skills rock.

  5. Love the vintage vibe! A little too much skin for me personally, but you did a great job with this project– it is a completely different garment! :)

  6. Very creative thinking there to come up with the halter dress from that thing and it looks great on you. My only extra thought is it would have been better if it was shorter. But super job anyway

  7. The new halter dress is Fan Freaking Tastic! And now that I’ve taken the time to click on comment, I’ll also say that I truly appreciate what you’re doing on your blog. You’ve certainly changed the way I look at fashion. Thanks to your blog, I actually set foot in the Goodwill Outlet. It’s now the only place I shop for my family of five! Thanks!

  8. I love it! It was worth mulling this one over for awhile to come up with that great refashion! And I think the length is just right!

  9. Great job with this one!!! It’s hard to tell in the pictures – is the top a cowl neck or V neck?? Love it, either way!!

  10. Love this! Very inspiring too – I have a thing for 80’s dresses but I’m never sure how to approach them refashion-wise! Hope you don’t mind if I borrow some of your ideas (should that be ‘refashion’ some of your ideas?? haha ) Keep up the inspiring work!

  11. You inspire me with every refashion you have done but, this one BLOWS ME AWAY!!!!! One of your best in my very humble opinion!!!! I get so excited when i see a new post!!! Keep up your amazing work!

  12. I look forward to your posts. Love the the halter at first I thought you were making a halter palazo pants thing but love the nod to Marilyn! Thanks!

  13. wow… i have just discovered this site today… my best friend recommended it to me.

    and i have to say, your work is amazing. i have been frolicking along the posts… and so far this customization has been the best that i have seen… i don’t know how you do it. how you are able to re-imagine and remake a dress…

    i look forward to more customizations… refash!!!

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